Authorities I.D. Armando Antunez as Man Shot by Police in Townsend Neighborhood

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Santa Ana police in Townsend last year
Update, Aug. 3, 4:00 P.M.: Santa Ana police released new details into an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Townsend street yesterday. "Officers saw several gang members loitering in the alley and attempted to contact them," the advisory update reads. "One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and a short foot pursuit ensued resulting in an officer involved shooting."

The man shot is identified as 24-year-old Armando Antunez, but Weekly readers already knew that. Police say the weapon they found on the scene was a loaded semi-automatic. Antunez was arrested for numerous weapons violations, gang enhancements and violating probation.

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This Might Be the Ballsiest, Most Artistic Gang Graffiti in Orange County EVER

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The line work is reminiscent of Keith Haring

First, the obvious disclaimer: The OC Weekly does not endorse graffiti, cholos, gangs, and especially graffiti cholo gangs. We encourage all youth to stay off the streets and blah blah blah blah blah. The only gang we claim--and the only one that matters--is OCW, and we RIFA C/S!

But look at the above tag, left over the weekend on a wall near the corner of Hawley and Ninth streets in SanTana. That's the handiwork of F Troop, oOC's oldest veteran Mexican gang* and the one with the most fascinating name in OC (yes: the gang is named after the late-1960s sitcom) after the Nazi Lowriders and PEN1. Now, get over the shock of this infernal rag highlighting a gang tag, and refry the following:


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OC Deputies' Snitch Scam Playbook Revealed

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Kevin McVeigh
To a con artist with a badge, such as Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) deputy Ben Garcia, disinformation is the key to maintaining a respectable public appearance. A veteran officer in the Special Handling unit overseeing high-profile inmates, Garcia became an involuntary, vital witness in the 2014-15 hearings on law enforcements' rogue informant program that secretly tilted untold dozens of cases in favor of the government. During double-digit hours on the witness stand, the deputy's stance was as firm as it was disingenuous: There couldn't have been any cheating because OCSD didn't even operate an informant program.

"We don't have informants inside [our jails]," Garcia testified under oath without cracking a grin on May 6, 2014.


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Victor Negrete Identified as 25-year-old Shot Dead in Anaheim Last Week

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Victor Negrete was found dying in the 100 block of South Rio Vista Street.
A 25-year-old man who was shot to death in Anaheim last week has been identified by coroner's officials as Victor Negrete.

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Weekender Updater: Sex Offender GPS Bills, Gang Banger's Murder Conviction and More

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Megan's Law
New legislation is being proposed in the wake of serial killings to which Steven Dean Gordon is claimed to have confessed.
This weekend you are updated on: Orange County legislators trying to improve Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring of sex offenders; the murder conviction of a gang member who gunned down a young man on a bike and then handed his hood rat a flower; a man being ordered to stand trial on charges of kidnapping his former live-in girlfriend's teenage daughter and sexually assaulting her over 10 years; mercy shown for an ex-drug dealer who had been indicted for murder in his girlfriend's heroin overdose death; a lost appeal of Orange County's first guilty verdict for human trafficking of a minor under terms of Proposition 35; and the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit in an electrical worker's electrocution in an underground vault in Huntington Beach.

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Dial Eme For Murder: How Prosecutors Teamed With Mexican Mafia In Death Penalty Case

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R. Scott Moxley
Prosecutor Wagner defending questionable DA moves in pending death penalty case

It's odd when both the Mexican Mafia and the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) want the same guy dead. It's remarkable when two assumed-enemy outfits work together to achieve a mutual goal. But that is what happened to Anthony R. Navarro Jr.

The Mexican Mafia (a.k.a. La Eme, the pronunciation of M en espaƱol) put Navarro on its "hard candy list," marking him for death. OCDA simultaneously worked to hand him capital punishment. In the process, a church-going prosecutor and an unsavory disciple of Eme bosses collaborated in a Santa Ana courtroom. As a result, Navarro today sits on San Quentin State Prison's death row.

The 48-year-old hoodlum admits he's no angel. At the age of 12, he became a gangster, two years later landing in the California Youth Authority for manslaughter. He inked his body with underworld tattoos, took the moniker "Droopy" and became a leader of the Pacoima Flats Gang in the San Fernando Valley. During a prison stint for robbery, the smooth-talking car enthusiast, small-time methamphetamine dealer and $19-per-hour Warner Bros. studio extra won prized Mexican Mafia associate status.


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Carolyn Torres is Helping Chicanos Unidos Fight Gang Injunctions in Santa Ana

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Torres: Back where she belongs

Whether in the classroom or the courtroom, Carolyn Torres sees her younger self in the causes she fights for. She teaches 10th and 11th graders in Watts during the day, but OC knows her best as an activist with Chicanos Unidos, a grassroots group waging a prominent battle against the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) over the Townsend Street gang injunction in Santa Ana.

The city has a special place in her heart. Poverty forced Torres to constantly move around OC and the Inland Empire, but Santa Ana is the only place that feels like home. "My deepest roots are here," she says. "My grandmother came to Santa Ana in the late 1920s from San Juan Capistrano when she was 4."


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Jury Deadlocks on Whether Gang Members Knowingly Shot at Anaheim Cops

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Covarrubias, Martinez and Sanchez

Time was when the Orange County District Attorney's office could trot cholos in front of a jury of mostly middle-aged gabachas, claim said cholos produced all sorts of crimes against cops, and win verdict after verdict. But we don't live in that Orange County anymore, Toto.

An Orange County jury returned surprising verdicts yesterday in the trial of three Anaheim gang members accused of trying to purposefully kill cops. Andrew Sanchez, Jordy Martinez and Juan Covarrubias were found not guilty of conspiring to commit murder and not convicted of attempted murder of police when they rolled up on officers in an unmarked Chevy Impala on June 1, 2012 and began firing.

The DA claimed that the three knew who they were shooting at that day; barrio gossip always maintained that the undercovers essentially entrapped them into the gunfight; defense lawyers merely maintained that Sanchez, Martinez, and Covarrubias were firing because they felt threatened. Amazingly, the jury sided more with the three than it did the po-po.


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Police Got False Confession From Cop-Killer Suspect--Then Destroyed Video When Sued

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Why would anyone sane--and, more important, innocent--confess to the potential death-penalty crime of participating in a murder-for-hire plot that left a California law-enforcement officer executed on the side of the 91 freeway in Anaheim? That question will likely be pondered inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in March, when a dramatic police-brutality lawsuit is expected to go to trial.

The case stems from the Jan. 17, 1998, killing of 40-year-old Elizabeth Ann Begaren, an off-duty California State Prison guard. That night, she'd been a passenger in a vehicle driven by Nuzzio Begaren, her husband of six months, and his 10-year-old daughter from a prior relationship. Nuzzio told police he believed gangsters witnessed him hand a cash-stuffed envelope to his wife inside the Burbank Macy's, tailed them 33 miles down Interstate 5 to Anaheim, forced them off the 91, killed Elizabeth when they saw her badge, took $4,700 in cash and fled.

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Bruno the Police Dog Becomes Prosecution Star Witness During Alleged Anaheim Cop Killing Trial

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The trial of three gang members charged with attempted murder of Anaheim police in 2012 is winding down, but not before a little Brunomania entered the courtroom.

Bruno, you may or may not recall, was a police dog who gained celebrity status last year after being left severely injured by cholo gunfire and forced into early retirement. Bring up the German Shepherd, and immediate brownie points with women, children, and juries are sure to go your way--which is exactly why Senior Deputy District Attorney Gary LoGalbo called Bruno handler R.J. Young to the stand yesterday morning.

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